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Luapel Futsal win championship

Dominated by former Kurukuru players Luapel were the favourites especially after they defeated Northern United in the semi finals earlier in the week. Koloale’s trip to the grand final was controversial as their semi final match against G-Camp had to be replayed following a dispute but they managed a clean 5-0 win the second time round to set up the meeting with Luapel.
The key player for Luapel was Ragomo and the Kurukuru captain turned on some of the flare that made him a regional star in the first half and came up with the opening goal to give his team the lead. Koloale seemed lost in the game and quickly Luapel doubled their lead with a close ranger from Stanley Puairana. Just before the halftime break Luapel broke away with a 3-0 lead when Jeffery Bule turned a cross into his own net much to the displeasure of his goalkeeper.
The second half saw Luapel struggle for composure as Koloale piled the pressure on them. Their commanding demeanour from the first half was nowhere to be seen and despite the boisterous barracking from the crowd their lead was cut when Bule scored a penalty for Koloale. More trouble was on the way for Luapel and Dickson Ramo made sure of it with an expertly struck shot from outside the Luapel penalty area to take the score-line to a narrow 3-2.
Sensing that their lead was slipping out of their hands Luapel reset the game and national beach soccer representative, Robert Laua made it 4-2 after a speedy combination with Ragomo. Laua hoped to take his team further ahead just a minute later with a shot but it went wide. Efforts from Ragomo, McPhillip Aisa and Puairana also wide.
With time slipping away Koloale pushed harder to get back in the game and a lifeline was thrown their way when Tony Otini slotted their third goal in. Unfortunately for Koloale, Otini’s goal proved to be their last stroke of luck in the game and just a few minutes later the game was ended with the referee’s final whistle.
Earlier in the afternoon Jack Wetney starred in Northern United’s triumph in the third/fourth place final against G-Camp. Lenson Bisili opened scoring for Northern United and James Egeta and Wetney added to take their tally to 3. G-Camp replied with 2 goals through Atana Fa’arodo and Milson Bala for a respectable 3-2 defeat at fulltime.

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